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Berry Bros and Rudd Shop


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Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter; Sermons and soda water the day after. Lord Byron

Having conducted business from the same location since 1698, Berry Bros and Rudd is Britain's oldest wine and spirit merchant. Holder of Royal Warrants for HM The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales, the establishment offers an exclusive fine wine and dining venue in London's St James's. The left passageway to Pickering Place shows timber framing of flank walls and has a side entrance with architraved doorway and cornice hood. The upper floors of the front of the shop have recessed glazing bar sash windows under gauged red brick flat arches and with red brick dressings. The interior of shop retains original shelving and fittings.


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Timeline

Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1698/00/00 Berry Bros and Rudd Co Established Widow Bourne establishes a grocery opposite St James's Palace the same year St James's became the official principal residence of the monarch.
1731/00/00 The landlord Sir Thomas Hanmer, Speaker of the House of Commons, grants the Pickering's a lease to rebuild No 3 and the houses in the court behind, which became known as Pickering Place.
1732/00/00 Former pair of terrace houses, with shop are built, c 1731-32. Widow's daughter Elizabeth and her husband, William Pickering, supplied the Coffee Houses of St Jamess. Berry Bros and Rudd still trades under the 'Sign of the Coffee Mill'.
1760/00/00 During the reign of George III, the Pickering firm begins supplying the British Royal Family.
1765/00/00 Weighing customers on the giant coffee scales begins at No 3 St James's. Notable patrons include William Pitt the Younger and the Aga Khan.
1800/00/00 Beau Brummell has himself weighed in the nude upstairs at 3 St James's St. The shutters were up.
1800/00/00 Shops are altered: timber front with arcaded windows and doorway, panelled risers, glazing bars and original shutters. Interior of shop retains original shelving and fittings.
1806/01/00 Lord Byron Patron Lord Byron has himself weighed on Pickering's coffee scales. Once, having gained almost five stone three years apart, Bryron attributed his weight gain to mud on his coat.
1846/00/00 Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, Napoleon III Home To escape rioters, Louis Napoleon lives behind a sheet of sailcloth in the Berry Bros and Rudd wine cellar for a full two years between 1846 and 1848.
1903/00/00 Edward VII Life The first Royal Warrant is granted to Berry Bros and Rudd as Wine Merchants to King Edward VII.
1912/04/15 Berry Bros and Rudd Co Merchant White Star Line sends a typed letter to Berry Bros and Co to report the loss of 69 cases of the firm's wines and spirits onboard the Titanic. No mention is made of the lives that were lost. Sinking of the RMS Titanic
1912/04/15 White Star Line Client White Star Line sends a typed letter to Berry Bros and Co to report the loss of 69 cases of the firm's wines and spirits onboard the Titanic. No mention is made of the lives that were lost. Sinking of the RMS Titanic
1923/03/23 Berry Bros and Rudd Co Owner Cutty Sark blended Scotch whisky is created by Berry Bros and Rudd, with the home of the blend considered to be at The Glenrothes distillery in the Speyside region of Scotland. The label was designed by Scottish artist James McBey. Cutty Sark Original Scotch Whisky
1955/00/00 Queen Elizabeth II Life Queen Elizabeth grants Berry Brothers her royal warrant.
1967/00/00 Berry Bros and Rudd Co Merchant Berry Bros and Rudd build temperature-controlled wine cellars in Basingstoke, Hampshire. Today, the cellars hold 8.5 million bottles of company and customers' wine, worth millions of pounds.
1998/00/00 Charles, Prince of Wales Life Charles, Prince of Wales, grants Berry Brothers his royal warrant.
2000/00/00 The Berry Bros and Rudd shop is refurbished to allow private wine events to be held in the historic vaulted cellar. This was followed by the establishment of the Wine School, 1999-2001.
2001/00/00 Development of the Fine Wine, 'Stills' Room (Spirits) and Wine Shop rooms at 3 St James's Street allowed wines on display for the first time in Berry Bros and Rudd history.
2015/06/15 Queen Elizabeth II Birthday Queen Elizabeth celebrates her birthday during a private dinner in Berry Bros and Rudd's Townhouse dining room. Guest included Prince William, Kate Middleton, Peter and Zara, and Beatrice and Eugenie.

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Particulars for Berry Bros and Rudd Shop:
Sight Category Building
Area of Significance Commerce
Social Prohibition
Historic Use Retail shop

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English Listed Building List Entry Number: 1264868


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